Chevrolet Full Size Cars 1979-1989

Trunk Lid

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 The trunk lid is usually attached to the hinges using retaining bolts

The trunk lid hinge is usually welded to the body and then bolted to the lid.

  1. Open the trunk lid and place protective coverings over the rear fenders (to protect the paint from damage).
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  3. Mark the location of the hinge-to-trunk lid bolts to ease installation.
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  5. If equipped, disengage the electrical connections and wiring from the lid.
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Some later vehicles use gas cushioned shock type assemblies to aid in supporting the trunk lid assembly. Remove the retaining clips and remove the shock assemblies from the trunk lid before removing the hinge retaining bolts.

  1. With the help of an assistant (to support the lid), remove the hinge-to-lid bolts, then carefully lift the lid from the vehicle. To install:
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  3. With the aid of the assistant, carefully lift the lid and position it on the hinges, then loosely install the retaining bolts to hold it on the hinges.
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  5. Align the lid and hinges using the matchmarks made earlier, then tighten the retaining bolts.
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  7. If applicable, install the hood support shock assemblies.
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  9. If equipped, engage the electrical connectors and wiring to the lid.
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  11. Check and adjust the position of the trunk lid to the body, as necessary.
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ALIGNMENT





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Fig. Fig. 2 Removing or adjusting the trunk lid torque rod

The trunk lid can be aligned by loosening the hinge-to-lid bolts and shifting the lid into position. Only a small amount of adjustment is usually possible with the trunk lid. If greater adjustment is necessary, the bolt holes in the lid will have to be elongated. Before attempting this, verify there are no other repairable causes of misalignment. Trunk lid alignment problems are often the result of other rear body parts being misaligned, possibly from an old accident.

When adjusting the hinge/latch-to-body positions, be sure to use alignment marks as reference points.

Rear compartment torque rods are adjustable to increase or decrease operating effort. To increase the amount of effort needed to raise the rear compartment lid or to decrease the amount of effort to close the lid, reposition the end of the rod to a lower torque rod adjusting notch. To decrease the amount of effort needed to raise the rear compartment lid or to increase the amount of effort to close the lid, reposition the end of the rod to a higher torque rod adjusting notch.

Prop the trunk lid in full-open position to keep lid from falling when torque rods are disengaged from the torque rod bracket.

 
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